Girls Who Surf™ highlights rad female surfers around the world – exploring their passion for surfing and what it means to them. Meet Emily Nishimoto (@emilynishimoto), a surfer from Honolulu, Oahu, and listen to her story here.
Hi, my name is Emily and I’m a girl who surfs.
Where are you from and how long have you been surfing?
I’m from Honolulu on the south shore of Oahu and I’ve been surfing for about 12 years.
Why do you surf and what does it mean to you?
I surf because it teaches me so much and I feel like it helps me become the best version of myself. Every time I surf at home or travel to surf I get to experience new things and meet new people and culture. I feel that surfing gives me excitement in my life and that’s why it means so much to me.
Describe your hometown and what it is like being a surfer where you live.
My hometown is a really peaceful community. It’s a great town to be a surfer in since it’s close to all of the local spots. When there’s swells coming in it’s a surfer’s paradise here.
What is your favorite local surf spot and why?
My favorite local surf spot is Bowls because I’m goofy and I also think it’s one of the best left handers on this island. I also caught my first wave there when I was first starting to surf so it’s really special.
What do you love about your local female surf community?
What I love about the female surf community here is that we get to see each other all the time and become friends in the water. It’s really empowering and inspiring to see all the ladies ripping and I think it’s a great way to stay connected with each other.
Watch Emily’s full episode below!